SCCS Home Bulletin
May 3, 2023
The mission of Sioux Center Christian School is to disciple God’s children by equipping them with a knowledge and understanding of Christ and His creation so that they can obediently serve God and others as they work and play.
Every Student TREASURED, Every Student TRAINED, Every Student TRANSFORMED
SCCS TEACHING AND LEARNING SEGMENT
If you step into our classrooms there is a significant slice, a visual called a Storyboard, that represents the ongoing teaching and learning happening in that room. The Storyboard is co-created by teachers and students, representing the learning journey, and is a visual that helps students see their part in God’s Story. At the end of the school year our Storyboards are bursting with beautiful stories from the year! Storyboard creation is an essential practice of the Teaching for Transformation framework at our school. You are invited to come see the stories on the walls of our school!
We are excited to report that Trail'Raiser Trek raised $100,000!!
Saturday, April 15, 2023, won’t go down in history as a beautiful day weatherwise, but we will always remember our first Trail’Raiser Trek as a day that reflected the warm love and generosity we enjoy from our faithful supporters!
880 people of all ages came in person to the event and enjoyed walking through our hallways (about a quarter of attendees braved the cold and walked the outside route!). With an additional 85 virtual trekkers, we had a total of 965 walkers/virtual trekkers who EACH unlocked $65 in sponsorship gifts given by businesses and supporters!
The morning event was a big hit, and everyone enjoyed the delicious brunch, the iced coffees or fruit refreshers, gourmet cupcakes, bars, and snack mixes, and Truth t-shirts. We are incredibly grateful for the generosity that shines at an event like this! Through sponsor gifts and donations at the event, $100,000 was raised to help build the gym floor in the future Blazer Center which will be the foundation for thousands of God's kids to worship, gather, run, jump, and perform - as they learn and live God's Story!
THANK YOU to all who gave to the Trail’Raiser Trek so that collectively we could “move the needle forward” on the future Blazer Center!
We are excited to report that in the last month – through generous commitments from donors and through the Trail’Raiser Trek, we have moved from $6.3 million to $6.7 million given and committed to the Blazer Center campus expansion! God’s generosity through His people is so AMAZING! Remember that we need to reach $9 million to start building the campus expansion and we are excited for the rising momentum we see! Every gift matters and is critical in making our vision a reality for God’s kids!
If you were unable to attend the event and would still like to give, you can head to the link below or drop off/mail your gift to Sioux Center Christian School / 630 First Ave SE / Sioux Center, IA 51250.
THANK YOU for your support of God’s kids at SCCS.
5TH GRADE MATH BEE
On Tuesday, ten of our students participated in the 5th Grade Math Bee hosted by Sioux Falls Christian School. The students were involved in two rounds of testing: an individual problem solving round and a team problem solving round. These problems were challenging and required accuracy, speed, higher-level thinking, and persistence.
Congratulations to these 5th grade math students! They demonstrated a positive attitude, determination in solving difficult math problems, and did a great job of representing SCCS!
3RD GRADE PINBALL MACHINES
Every year our 3rd graders use their creative and technical skills to create pinball machines. They first spend time testing the probability of where the ball rolls and use that data to decide where targets should go and the points they should be worth. They test variables, such as how many books they need to prop it up, the height of the ramp, and the angle of the ramp, to see how those things impact the path of the ball. They used the compiled data to make informed decisions on their designs and created unique and fun themes with their pinball machines!
A highlight of the pinball unit is sharing their creations with parents and other grades! Last week, our 4Care students enjoyed a visit to Mrs. Korver's 3rd grade classroom to play on the pinball machines!
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
- Please check the online calendar for upcoming events (http://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/calendar.cfm)
- The Pops Concert for 7-8 Band and 6-8 Orchestra will be in the school gym on Thursday, May 18 at 2:15pm. The Jr. Pops Concert for grades 3-5 Orchestra and 5-6 Band will be at 3:15pm, also in the gym. You are welcome to join us for these concerts!
- Storyline Celebration will be held at the BJ Haan Auditorium at Dordt University on Monday, May 22 at 7:00pm.
- Join us on Wednesday, May 24, at 8:30am for our final chapel of the year to celebrate our 8th graders who will be graduating.
- 8th Grade Graduation will be at Centerpoint Church on Wednesday, May 24 at 7:00pm.
- Our last day of school will be Thursday, May 25. We will dismiss at 1:15.
WEDNESDAY BUSING TO THE END OF THE YEAR: The public school will continue to provide busing for our 2:05 Wednesday dismissals (even if the public school has a different dismissal time). Bus numbers are attached. We appreciate the relationship that we have with them very much.
THURSDAY, MAY 25: SCCS will dismiss at 1:15 and the public school will have a full day of school on Thursday, May 25. All buses will be running the morning route but only Bus 2014 and 2020 will be running the afternoon routes at our 1:15 dismissal time. All other students will need to transportation home from school.
TUITION GRANT INFORMATION FOR 23/24 SCHOOL YEAR
Our desire is to have Christian education as accessible for as many families as possible. We believe that what God is doing at SCCS is so important that we want all mission-appropriate families who meet all admissions requirements to have access!
We are excited and thankful to offer generous tuition support to our families.
Families applying for tuition grants (which includes both NICSTO funding and the SCCS Tuition grant fund) need to fill out the application. You can find the application at https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/currentfamilies/tuitiongrantapplication.cfm We have moved to a streamlined form for all tuition grant programs - so families just need to complete one form. We will no longer be using an online service.
For the 2023-2024 school year, education savings accounts (ESAs) are available to those who have an incoming K student, anyone transferring from a public school, and families who have an adjusted gross income below 300% of the poverty line. NICSTO funds are available for anyone below 400% of the poverty line. We encourage all families to look at their tax return and apply for a tuition grant if you are below 400% of the poverty line. We recognize that families between 300 and 400% will not be eligible for an ESA until the 2024-2025 school year, so we especially want to be able to support families in this bracket through NICSTO funding. So, please apply if this is you!
Please complete the form provided in the link above (which will ask you to include your adjusted gross income from Federal Form 1040, line 11) and turn in the form and a copy of pages 1 and 2 of Federal Form 1040.
Applications are due May 25 (the last day of school). Printed copies of the form are available in the office. If you have questions, please contact Kelli Van Roekel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year our SCCS library was a place to Find the BEST Story! All library books are due Friday, May 12. You’ll receive an email and a paper notice sent with your child if you have an end of the year library fine.
Email email@example.com if you have questions. Thank you!
TUTORING SERVICES FOR THE SUMMER
If you are interested in tutoring services over the summer for your child, here is a list of teachers/support staff you can contact:
Grade Levels: K-1
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org and/or 330-617-3903
Jaci Van Den Berg
Grade Levels: TK-2nd Grade
Grade Levels: TK-4
Contact: email@example.com or 712-441-7022
Grade Levels: 4th-8th (Reading, Writing, and Math)
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 712-578-1227
Do you have a child who will attend preschool next year? 4Care is an opportunity for children who attend half-day preschool to enjoy hands-on, child-led, play-based learning at SCCS on the half-day they are not in preschool.
Students may enroll in a morning or afternoon session, plus we offer a full-day Friday 4Care option. Currently, there are a few spots left in the morning session. A waiting list has begun for the afternoon session. If you have interest in 4Care, please fill out the following form:
We have a great relationship with Stepping Stones Preschool! Their online registration is now open. Click here for more info: https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/editoruploads/files/4Care/Stepping_Stones_23-24.pdf
Click here for the registration page: https://www.dordt.edu/about-dordt/offices-and-services/academic-centers/stepping-stones
TALES AND TRAILS SUMMER CAMP
We were able to secure additional staffing so more spots are available each week at Tales and Trails camp. If you were put put on a waiting list, you should have been contacted and placed in your requested weeks of camp. If not, please call the office. Please register at least 10 days in advance of the week of camp you would like your child to attend.
Tales and Trails Summer Camp at Sioux Center Christian School is a educational and FUN summer supervision option for kids ages 5-11! With exciting weekly themes, such as Spectacular Sports, A Knight to Remember, Sensational Science, Shark Week, and Patriotic Parade, Tales and Trails offers nine weeks of active and engaging experiences for kids! Half-day and full-day options are available, and parents may choose the weeks your child will attend.
Note: A pool pass is required for camp. You can purchase your membership online or call 712-722-4386 x2
To learn more details and for the registration form (printed copies available at school office):
WE ARE HIRING
Sioux Center Christian School invites you to consider the opportunity to work with a dedicated faculty and staff, passionate parents, and fantastic students through the following positions with a start date of August 1, 2023. The ideal candidate loves God, loves kids, and loves learning. Interested applicants should complete the faculty application package, located at https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/connectwithus/employment.cfm A review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
- K-2 Learning Center (Resource) Teacher (Full-time)
- Paraprofessionals (2 Full-time positions) - start day August 2023
- Cook Positions - (Full-Time and Part-Time)
- Bus Drivers
SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS: We are in need of substitute teachers for this school year. Subs are needed for teachers and paras at all grade levels, kitchen crew and at times a nurse. Please fill out the form at the link below if you are interested in adding your name to the sub list. SCCS will provide all training, and you even get a free lunch when you sub! Qualifications for being a sub include a love of children, the ability to follow teacher lesson plans, flexibility, and a commitment to Christian education. We invite you to join us!
Storyline chapels are held on the first Wednesday of every month at 1:35pm in the gym. Please remind your child to wear their chapel t-shirt. Parents and guests are WELCOME to attend! You may also join our livestream (and recording) at https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/currentfamilies/livestream.cfm
Storyline Chapel Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLaU4iNoUawUq8yQH7NLx7eQFcBk06m529
Outlet 75 sells new clothing, shoes, home décor, kitchenware, bedding and more …and all profits go to Sioux Center Christian School and contribute to the Alternate Revenue discount that was on your tuition statement!
Volunteers make this profit possible, and we continue to encourage parents to fulfill the commitment made to volunteer at least 3-4 shifts per year – please know that working shifts in June-August absolutely count toward your commitment!
Sign up now for the May - June shifts. THANKS so much for your help!
Open hours: Wednesdays 11am-8pm and Thursdays 11am – 3pm. One Saturday each month.
Location: About 1 mile south of Sioux Center on Hwy 75. Look for the red flag.
If you have any questions about helping at Outlet 75, please feel free to email email@example.com
FOOD SERVICE NEWS
- Thanks to everyone who signed up to help with dishwashing this year! If you would like to help out you can sign up here. If you have questions, contact Ashley Keith (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- You can find the lunch and dishwashing schedule here.
- If you would like to eat lunch with your child, please contact school 24 hours in advance.
PELLA STAFF MEMBER OF THE MONTH AWARD
Staff Member of the Month: We believe all our faculty and staff are amazing and encourage you to take the time to nominate one (or more) of your children’s teachers!
Complete the nomination form (https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/editoruploads/files/SXC_STAFF_OF_THE_MONTH.pdf; printed copies are available by the TRIP window) and return to our school office or mail to/drop off at Pella Corp. by the 25th of each month during the school year.
Each month a winner is chosen from our local schools and receives a $500 gift card from Sioux Center Pella Corp, which can be used in their classroom to impact learning! Pella kindly keeps nominations “in play” for 3 months to provide multiple opportunities for an outstanding staff member to be recognized. Feel free to re‐nominate someone if you feel they are deserving, and they didn’t win the award during the 3 months that the nomination was in play.
Mrs. Abigail (Clemens) Van Beek won the November award and it would be great if a few more of our teachers were nominated this year!
We are extremely grateful to Pella Corp for this program that serves to encourage and bless our faculty and staff!
https://www.siouxcenterchristian.com/currentfamilies/officehandouts.cfm is the place to check regularly for camp information, registration forms, and more!
Currently there is information for:
- Sioux Center Recreation 1st-4th Flag Football
- Northwestern College Women's Basketball Camps
- A Day With the Pros-Football (Snap Fitness and ProActive Physical Therapy) - June 19...deadline for registration is May 24, but please turn in as soon as possible as spots may be limited due to high demand for the day.
- Sioux Center Youth Football Registration Form for 4th-5th graders
- Sioux Center Recreation Blastball-PreK/TK
- Moped Safety Course - May 13
- Financial Assistance Program at All Season Center
- Western Christian Girls Basketball Camp
- Mother's Day Royal Tea Party at the Sioux Center Library - May 13
- Western Junior Wolfpack Baseball
- Unity Christian 8th Grade Lifting Registration
- Summer Driver's Ed Information
- Unity Christian Summer Workout Program/Open Gym Schedule
- Sioux County Conservation Summer Camps and Programs
- 2023 Western Christian Summer Camps
- 2023 Unity Christian Sports Camps
- Dordt Women's Basketball Youth Camps for Grades 4-9
- Dordt Sports Camp Information
- Inspiration Hills Summer Camp Brochure